John Miljan

John Miljan (November 9, 1892 – January 24, 1960) was an American actor.[1] He appeared in 201 films between 1924 and 1958.

John Miljan
John Miljan - publicity still (1940).jpg
Miljan 1940
Born(1892-11-09)November 9, 1892
DiedJanuary 24, 1960(1960-01-24) (aged 67)
Years active1924–58
Victoire Lowe
(m. 1927)


Born in 1892, Miljan was the tall, smooth-talking villain in Hollywood films for almost four decades, beginning in 1923.[2] Miljan made his first sound film in 1927 in the promotional trailer for The Jazz Singer, inviting audiences to see the upcoming landmark film.[3] In later years he played imposing, authoritative parts such as high-ranking executives and military officers.[2] He is best remembered as General Custer in Cecil B. DeMille's film The Plainsman.[4] DeMille also cast him in two notable supporting roles in two of his biblical epics: the Danite elder Lesh Lakish in Samson and Delilah (1949), and the blind Israelite grandfather in The Exodus in The Ten Commandments (1956).

Miljan died from cancer in Hollywood in 1960, aged 67.[5] He was married to Victoire Lowe and adopted her two sons from her first marriage to actor Creighton Hale.[6][citation needed]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ "John Miljan".
  2. ^ a b "John Miljan - Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  3. ^ Crafton, Donald (November 22, 1999). The Talkies: American Cinema's Transition to Sound, 1926-1931. University of California Press. ISBN 9780520221284 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Reid, John Howard (July 1, 2006). Best Western Movies: Winning Pictures, Favorite Films and Hollywood B Entries. ISBN 9781847281814 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ "Overview for John Miljan". Turner Classic Movies.
  6. ^ "John Miljan - Historical records and family trees - MyHeritage".

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